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									                          Collection Development Policy – Chemistry (DRAFT)
                                       University Library System
                                        University of Pittsburgh

Purpose: The chemistry collection primarily serves the teaching, learning, and research needs of the
faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates of the Department of Chemistry. It supports research
from the undergraduate to the Ph.D. and post-doctoral levels. The collection is also a resource for those
in departments such as chemical engineering, materials engineering, physics, biological sciences,
neuroscience, and the school of medicine. Teaching and research cover a wide range of subjects,
including analytical chemistry, chemical separations, electrochemistry, inorganic and materials
chemistry, instrumental analysis, microscopy, physical chemistry, polymers, spectroscopy, synthetic
organic chemistry including combinatorial chemistry, theoretical and computational chemistry. There is
a strong focus on problems of biological importance, such as the structure, dynamics and reactivity of
biological molecules, bioanalytical probes of brain function, metabolism and medicinal therapy,
chemical imaging of biomembranes, and synthesis of natural products. Besides chemical biology, recent
growth in the department has emphasized nanoscience and materials chemistry with applications to
areas such as sensors, switches, and energy. Computational chemistry for modeling and simulation of
complex systems is also a growing area of research. Undergraduates can combine a major in chemistry
with special interests in bioscience, business, communication, education, materials science, and
photonics. The department also serves a large number of undergraduates needing chemistry courses
for other majors and teaches courses for non-science majors. The overall goal of the chemistry
collection is to provide a wide range of scholarly resources to support teaching and research in
chemistry. To support the department’s efforts in teaching non-majors, a limited selection of more
general interest and related interdisciplinary materials is acquired.

Scope: English is the primary language of the collection. No effort is made to collect in other languages,
although occasionally bi- or multi-lingual material that is primarily in English may be acquired. Materials
are acquired primarily from publishers based in North America and Europe, but individual works and
journals reflect a broad international scope of authors and contributors. Chronologically, current
materials are the focus of the collection, although noted works and replacements for significant earlier
works may be acquired.

Types of Materials: The collection includes books, selected book series and conference proceedings,
journals, reference works, compilations of data and properties, and electronic databases relating to the
range of chemical information. The focus is on original writings and research in all formats, but on
occasion reprints of classic works or collected works of major contributors to the field are acquired.
Resources covering laboratory methodology, experimental techniques, and instrumentation are
acquired, but “one-time use” laboratory manuals, workbooks, and most spiral bound material are not.
Advanced and graduate level textbooks may be acquired, but most undergraduate and introductory
textbooks will only be acquired on request in support of course reserves. Works that usually are not
acquired include: popular treatments, dissertations, audio-visual materials, and microforms, although
some historical material is maintained on microfilm. Electronic format is preferred for reference
material, journals, and many book series and will be considered for books when available. Access to
major indexing and abstracting databases covering the chemical literature and making use of specialized
chemical searching features, such as structure searching, is maintained.

Other Resources: Study and research in chemistry is closely interrelated with many other disciplines.
Faculty maintain collaborations with researchers or hold joint appointments in areas such as biological
sciences, computational biology, neuroscience, physics, and the schools of engineering and medicine.
They are active participants in several University research centers, including the Center for Molecular
and Materials Simulations, the Center for Simulation and Modeling, the Petersen Institute of
NanoScience and Engineering, and also the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. The chemistry collection
may be of interest to those working in these disciplines. Likewise, chemists may find materials of
interest in the biological sciences, computer science, engineering, mathematics and statistics,
neuroscience, and physics collections as well as the Falk Library medical collection. Undergraduate
majors with special concentrations as noted above may also use the collections in business,
communications, and education. Resources that focus on molecular studies, properties, and behavior in
any context and on techniques for studying molecules are generally appropriate for the collection.
Subjects that fall primarily under other collections include: astrochemistry (physics), geochemistry
(geology), business and economic aspects (business and GSPIA), industrial chemistry (engineering),
historical aspects and the philosophy of chemistry (history and philosophy of science), and toxicology
(public health or medicine). Only mathematical and statistical resources focused on chemical
applications are acquired. Works on the basic chemistry related to drug action or design and other
important medical topics may be acquired, but it is assumed that Falk Library will collect the clinical,
therapeutic, and other medical aspects. Selected biographies and interdisciplinary material may be
added in consultation with the appropriate bibliographers, such as Biological Sciences, Engineering,
History and Philosophy of Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

Subjects and Collection Levels: Overall, collecting for chemistry aims at a “D” level. This includes almost
anything within QD: Analytical Chemistry (QD71-142), Inorganic Chemistry (QD146-197), Organic
Chemistry (QD241-441), Biochemistry (QD415-436), and Physical and Theoretical Chemistry (QD450-

Exceptions include:

        General Chemistry          (QD1-65)    B
                 Alchemy is designated for the history and philosophy of science collection.
        Radiation Chemistry        (QD625-655) is generally excluded
        Crystallography           (QD901-999)       C
                 Works that focus on crystallography of large biological molecules are generally collected
                 for biological sciences. Works that focus on minerals are more appropriate for geology.
Other areas collected:

        Atomic physics, as in quantum theory and quantum mechanics (QC170-197)          B
        Thermodynamics (QC310.15-319)          B
        Spectroscopy         (QC450-467)       C

        Animal Biochemistry (QP501-801)         C

        Medical Technology (R855-855.5)        B
               To the extent that chemical bioanalytical methods are classified here.
        Drugs and Their Actions (RM300-666) B
        Materia Medica – Assay methods. Standardization. Analysis       B
               Pharmaceutical Chemistry               B

        Chemical Technology      (TP1-1185)    B
               To the extent that laboratory scale processes and techniques and chemical applications
               that are a focus of Departmental research are classified here.

        Note: Outside QD materials will be acquired depending on the focus of the individual work and
        its relation to Departmental research, since these areas are also collected for the physics,
        biological sciences, engineering, and medical collections.

        Revised April, 2010

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